Graduate Engineer

My name is Stefan, and I am a Human Factors Graduate Engineer in the Resilience Engineering team. I improve the safety and efficiency of various systems and operations. My role involves applying psychological and physiological principles to optimize human-machine interactions—ensuring user-friendly systems align with human capabilities and limitations.

What has been your favourite experience?

My role as the Early Careers Forum Away Day Lead—contributing to and delivering one of the company’s largest events of the year, centring around Early Careers Development. The project management skills obtained from this have been invaluable, not to mention the networking opportunities with the Senior Leadership Team and beyond. It’s a great way to try something new and get your name out there.

What is the best thing about working for AtkinsRéalis?

The undisputed and genuine care they have for their employees. The work-life balance is great, and the line management is always willing to assist and help in any way they can to find solutions tailored to your needs. Also, they heavily invest in graduate development, and the sheer budget and training opportunities dedicated solely to our growth and interests is one to never take for granted.

What is your top tip for new graduates?

Step out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to spread your wings, learn, and develop—even if you may not be an expert in whatever you pursue.

How has your graduate role at AtkinsRéalis helped you grow?

AtkinsRéalis heavily invests in our growth in every aspect. And I recommend all new starters take advantage of the many training opportunities. I’ve completed training courses in Core Consultancy Skills, RAMS, and received a qualification (PFQ) for Project Management on joining the Association of Project Management (APM). I plan to do a Bid Writing course at the end of the year and dedicate some time to complete the more advanced APM Certification—all invaluable professional development opportunities.

How does your work at AtkinsRéalis align with your degree or career interests?

I completed an MSc. in Human Factors and Ergonomics, so being accepted into a company that is one of the top employers for my discipline was quite a feat. Given that the Human Factors Team in ADS&T offers a huge diversity of work, my overarching goal is to expand my breadth of practical knowledge across the discipline, whether Cyber-Culture Human Factors, User Experience (UX), Safety Assurance, or Anthropometrics. Ultimately providing the building blocks for chartership. My current project is heavily aligned with Risk and Safety Assurance with anthropometric input, so it will be exciting to see what the future holds to expand on this.

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